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Updated list of information literacy outcomes for Clark College students

Information Literacy

Information Literacy for Clark College Students

Information Literacy Outcome Statement

Students will be able to obtain, evaluate, and ethically use information

Librarians’ Statement

Librarians promote student success in the classroom, workplace and life. Librarians encourage students to consider research as an open-ended exploration and engagement with information by practicing three core information literacy skills: Obtaining, Evaluating, and Ethically Using information.


  • Obtain: Students find and use information from many different types of sources using a variety of search tools, which vary in features, usefulness, and complexity.
  • Evaluate: Students adopt and practice habits that help them determine if information, in any form, is credible and appropriate for their needs.
  • Ethically Use: Students properly distinguish between their own ideas and the original ideas of others.

The 13 main competencies

Students who effectively obtain, evaluate and ethically use information:

  1. apply relevant criteria for determining credible and appropriate information for different needs      
  2. ask for expert help when needed
  3. assess the context of how the information is created and how that affects its value
  4. choose appropriate resources or search tools to find needed information
  5. design and refine search strategies to meet their information need
  6. demonstrate an awareness of their own biases, world views, and information privilege
  7. establish a system for organizing and managing information
  8. explain why and how systemically non-dominant groups/individuals are underrepresented in systems that create, produce, and distribute information
  9. give credit to the original ideas of others through attribution and/or formal citations
  10. identify their information need
  11. identify characteristics that make a source both trustworthy and suitable for a specific purpose
  12. identify the best types of sources to meet their information need
  13. locate and retrieve needed information

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